For years, I can remember my mom stressing the importance of organization. I used to ignore and disregard her comments that mentioned organization. I simply didn’t think organization was helpful. I certainly never thought I would be where I am right now, writing about the importance and benefits of organization. Staying organized has become a very important routine in my day-to-day life. Organization is key. It is especially helpful when you are a high school student trying to balance classes, friends, and work. As for college students, organization is everything. I know that organization is probably the last thing on your mind with all the change surrounding your lives. However, it is an imperative habit to adopt. I have compiled a list of helpful tips to help you create a habit of staying organized.
- Reminders App: Most if not all of us have a reminder app on our phone. Using that reminder app to keep track of test dates, meetings, and special dates will help us stay organized. Taking two minutes out of your busy day to update is not only feasible it will help us get in the habit and facilitate things for us. There are plenty of apps available on the app store and play store it is just your preference.
- Student Planner: We are all given planners at the beginning of the school year. Some choose to use the school given planners and others don’t. Others prefer to use personalized planners, which is acceptable and totally optional. However, using your planner to write down assignments, due dates, and any other memo is very helpful. It is always nice to have it written down on paper.
- Use Colors: Using colors to label folders, notes, and binders is a very useful and proactive way to stay organized. By labeling and color coding materials, it will save you so much time in the long run.
- Time Management: Keeping an alarm, or several alarms, is key to staying organized. I cannot emphasize that enough. No one likes being late, so keeping track of time and keeping an alarm will help you stay on time. There is no harm in being there a little early.
- Relax: Giving yourself a break at least once a week is very important and beneficial. Allow yourself to relax from all the surrounding stress. Plan a 30 minute relaxation session with yourself. Follow through and allow yourself to breathe a little. This will help you reflect and see what is working for you and what isn’t.
It is also very important to keep in mind that these tips will not work for everyone. You have to personalize some of these tips and give them your own twist. Don’t become frustrated if these don’t work for you as there are plenty of other ways to stay organized it is just up to you to see what works and what doesn’t. These tips can serve as guidance towards starting a habit of organization and along the way you can modify them to your liking.